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$8 million in fake Cartier bracelets seized by CBP in Cincinnati and Louisville

Christian Fernsby |
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers continue to stop shipments that contain illicit goods that pose economic security risks.

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On January 14, in two separate locations, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Louisville, Kentucky, CBP officers halted shipments, arriving from Hong Kong, which contained more than 800 counterfeit designer bracelets.

CBP officers in Cincinnati detained two parcels heading to a residence in West Palm Beach, Florida. CBP officers inspected the parcels to determine the admissibility of its contents in accordance with CBP regulations.

Inside the first box officers found 267 Cartier bracelets, and the other box contained another 137 Cartier bracelets.

On the same night, officers in Louisville were inspecting different parcels to determine their admissibility. A shipment arriving from same location in Hong Kong and heading to the same residence in West Palm Beach, Florida as Cincinnati’s parcel, was inspected and found to contain 401 Cartier rings and bracelets.

The jewelry pieces were reviewed by an import specialist who determined the items were counterfeit. If these items were real, the total MSRP for Cincinnati’s seizure would have been over $4.17 million, while Louisville’s seizure would have been more than $4.55 million; a total of $8.72 million

“This is a significant seizure for CBP, but unfortunately, CBP officers see counterfeit shipments like this every day,” said Richard Gillespie, Port Director-Cincinnati. “I’m extremely proud of these officers determination in stopping illicit shipments, and our commitment to protecting the American economy.”

“Driven by the rise in E-commerce, the market for counterfeit goods in the United States has shifted in recent years from one in which consumers often knowingly purchased counterfeits to one in which counterfeiters try to deceive consumers into buying goods they believe are authentic,” said Thomas Mahn, Port Director-Louisville.. Consumers are unaware that they’re buying a dangerous product as the counterfeit is just that good.”

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